Well where do i start?! So much has happened and we've been to so many places since i last wrote! Appoligies if this email has more mistakes than usual, im currently on a bus and its pitch black so i cant see what im writing too well. We're on about hour 36 of bus journy time from the last two days and im getting v bored then i remember that i should be keeping my blog a lot more up to date!
Ok so back to the update, so had a lovely time in Hoi An, got a lot of stuff made. We got the bus up to Hue, a small 5 hour journey to Hue. Wasnt to much there we went on a day tour around temples and a river cruise ride. Saw lots of monks at a big temple which was interesting. We could have done with leaving that day. But due to the lack of space on the bus, we had another 2 days :S So we found a swimming pool and spent the day there! The next day we tried a new one and just walked in and hid form the sercurity, and a hour later we thought our luck was in, howerever a hour later they caught us out, asked for too much money so we walked out! We finally left Hue on a night bus, another Harry Potter style night bus, i love them! saw an amazing sunset, clear blue skys with the sun coming up more every minute. Incredible. We arrived in Hanoi got a motorbike taxis to the Hanio backpacker, the place where everyone has told us to stay.
There wasnt any room so we waited until there were beds available, we didnt mind we were a bit early at 7am!! We did get a bed, then we went to book our tour couldnt get on the next day so had a few days before our tour of Halong Bay. It was so hot and stticky, we sweated literally the minute we stepped out so we didnt get much sightseeing as we should have done, we we saw a swimming pool again, and saw a inside of a lovely air conned cinema if that counts, erm didnt think so!!
Few days later we went on our Ha Long bay trip. I was quite worried as so many people had told us to go on that tour I was too excited and thought id be disappointed, but not a all. timeThe first day when we got there we got on the boat at 12pm had lunch when we were on there, the went out to sea for few hours, then stopped we all (30 of us) jumped off the boat then we went kayaking around the area, amazing caves and small beaches, that every was very messy and full of drinking games. Best every ring of fire game i have ever played!
On the second day we got to castaway island at 11am. Spent to day on the beach. Then i went wakeboarding for a few hours, loved it!! Spent that night drinking, laughing at the tour guide who was v v drunk and went skinny dipping, fun times!!
Got back late the next day had a early night the next day we did some market reseach for the hostel, the just asked us if we wanted free drinks and food if we could answer a few questins for a few hours, hell yeah!!
That night we went to Sapa that night on the night train, had a seat not a bed, but was not bad at all,. Arrived there at 6am. We wanted to go on a tour but we only had one day. We tried to check into a hotel, but everywhere was booked up, there were some hill tribe girls who were trying to sell us bracklets and bags, they said thwt we could stay with them. So we left our big bags in a hotel and walked to there hut, Before we went to a market gave them about £2 to cook us lunch they came back with so much veg and meat! Got to their village a few hours later, the two girls cooked for us, we spent ages chilling out, talking to all the family, and seemingly the who villaige to came to see/have a look at us.
We went for a walk for few hours then went back to the hut, THey them told us we had to stay at thr grandmothers hut, just down a lane, No toliet or even hole in the walk or shower, talk about roughing it!! Had a ok night sleep, then started the massive bus journey.Oh there was a little problem with my passport, that i either got left or got taken off a bus, after a massive panic and a mahoooooosive amount of luck a driver had my passort who i managed to contact from ringing the lady we brought the bus ticket from, All kinds of luck,
So should get off this bus soon, 3 buses and about 40 hours later, Cant come quick enough!!!
Until next time